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Flame Retardants in Fabrics of Children’s Play Tents and Other Products

Publication number Date Published
24-03-004January 2024
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Author(s) Holquist, K. and A. Salamone
Description Washington State’s Children’s Safe Products Act (CSPA; Chapter 70A.430 RCW) restricts the sale of children’s products that contain certain toxic chemicals. The CSPA also has reporting requirements for the presence of Chemicals of High Concern to Children (CHCC; WAC 173-334) in children’s products sold in Washington.

During 2022 – 2023, the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) conducted a study to assess six restricted or CHCC flame retardants in fabrics of children’s products. As a follow-up to a 2016 Ecology study (van Bergen 2018), children’s play tents were the main category of products purchased. Additional children’s products purchased included sleeping bags, camping chairs, and a few car seat and stroller combinations. Ecology analyzed 40 fabric components to assess manufacturer compliance with CSPA’s restrictions on the following six flame retardants in children’s products:

• tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TDCPP)
• tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP)
• tris(1-chloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TCPP)
• triphenyl phosphate (TPP)
• 2-ethylhexyl-tetrabromobenzoate (TBB)
• bis(2-ethylhexyl) tetrabromophthalate (TBPH)

One fabric component from a play tent tested in this study contained TDCPP above the 1,000 ppm CSPA regulatory limit. The 39 other fabric components from play tents, sleeping bags, camping chairs, and car seat and stroller combinations did not contain TDCPP, TCEP, TCPP, TPP, TBB, or TBPH above the 100 ppm project reporting limit (RL).
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Keywords Chemical of High Concern to Children, flame retardants, CSPA, product testing, Children's Safe Products Act, CHCC
WEB PAGE Children's Safe Products Act (CSPA)

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